After fast start, Corsairs sneak out win over Gators

Box Score
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – After talking Game 1 25-5, UMass-Dartmouth (10-2) snuck out of Chestnut Hill with a 3-0 victory over Pine Manor, taking the final two sets 25-18 and 25-23, respectively. Tuesday evening.
            The Corsairs raced out to a 5-0 lead on serves from Eleni Tsaparakis and increased the lead to 19-3, as a Pine Manor (1-9) time out did little to stop a Corsairs 10-0 run, this time with Jaclyn Davis at serve in a 25-5 Game 1 victory.
            The second set was much more competitive, with the Gators opening up tying the game on consecutive kills from Laia Lopez-Best and Jen Gross. A Corsairs kill error from Taylor O’Connor put the Gators in front 6-2, and back-to-back errors from UMass-Dartmouth gave the Gators an 11-8 advantage. UMass-Dartmouth took back the lead with a 6-0 run with Lauren Safioleas serving to go out in front 14-11, never to look back.
            While Game 3, was even closer, it was also sloppier. Dartmouth took advantage of a Pine Manor return error to take an 11-10 lead, but four Corsairs errors in 4-0 Gators run put the home team in front 15-12, the first time either team had taken more than a two-point lead.
            Another Gross kill broke a 20-20 tie, and Pine Manor then went up 22-20 before a 4-0 run with Safioleas serving put the Corsairs in front 24-22. Liandra Pellegrini sealed the deal with a kill, giving the Corsairs a 3-0 victory.  
            Gross had eight kills, Alie Johnston totaled eight assists and Veronica Vozzolo got down for eight digs for the Gators.
            Pine Manor hits the road on Thursday for a 7 p.m. match at WPI.

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